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... this is al jazeera. hello and welcome to the newshour. in doha. seven military observers are freedom but kiev's military offensive against pro-russian separatists goes on. rescue user rescue survivors in a massive mud slide. it's world press freedom day but no release for al jazeera journalists held in egypt. >> backing the sports stories
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from you from the premier league and a world sprinting champion is banned for doping. details later in the program. but first, in ukraine, a second day of military action is underway as the government in kiev tried to take back separatist strongholds in the east. pro-russian groups are calling for peacekeepers to appeal to moscow to send troops. >> seven military opinibservers taken over a week ago >> reporter: on a roadside north of donetsk, they embraced freedom with an over powering sense of relief. a carefully choreographed handover. >> you can't imagine. it's happiness, deep relief.
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the situation was really tough. the last two nights, as we saw the situation developing, every minute gets longer and finally, with the cooperation of all of the key players, it went perfectly. i thank you very much. >> reporter: the men looked calm but tired. the tension of their captivity and the nerves as their freedom came closer was obvious to see. they had been detained by the self-proclaimed mayor of slovyansk. the released men said he had kept his promise to protect them from harm. diplomats said any other outcome was simply was thinkable. >> taking people working for international organizations as hostages is unacceptable. so it was extremely important to get through this mission.
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>>reporter: the next was made more intricate by the military offensive currently ongoing around slovyansk and in other towns. there has been fierce fighting near the town of komatorsk. the military attacked a pro-russian checkpoint at done. a t.v. tower has also been recaptured. organizing a hostage handover in this environment was far from straightforward. it has taken days of delicate negotiations including the final say from the self-styled mayor. as you can see they are free and returning home. paul brennan. >> as we washed the calls drive away, paul, tell us more. you were there when the handover happened. tell us more about the detail of what happened and, also, what role the player did play, the self-proclaimed mayor did pla >> reporter: it was a very, very
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tension hand oh. the mercy of the osce and the media had to wait for some considerable time. they played their cards very close to their chest. they were there at 5:00 a.m. what happened was the council of europe together with special envoy, mr. lukein went ahead from slovyansk and mitt with the mayor and brought the seven osce observers back together with five ukrainian military escorts. it was tension. we were warned we were targets, told not to get too far from our vehicles because we might have to jump in them and flee at any point in time. obviously, as a major target standing there on the roadside waiting for them. in the end, the handover went smoothly and the role of the self proclaim mayor, the osce observers were full of gratitude for his role in this handover. they said that he had promised them, he had given his word that
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they would not be harmed and they were at pains to sad kept his word. so although in the international community, he is portrayed perhaps as somewhat of a r renegade, they were grateful that he kept his word and they did not come to any serious harm. >> let's talk a little bit of the tensions of operating where you are because you was hearing earlier that on press freedom day, crews from sky news and cbs were detained for several hours, one of the crew members was blindfolded. it must be very difficult to work in those conditions, especially with the assault on komotorsk today. >> well, i mean two things there. i mean, of course, journalists are not setting out to become the story. we are very intent on simply reporting the story. we don't want to become the story. we take calculated risks in our
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news coverage and very often have to go to places where perhaps ordinary people would not wish to go but in order to get the news to ordinary people, we have to go there. >> that's our job. as far as the situation in komatorsk goes, a full assault apparently is underway. there is intention fighting about 10 miles south of slovyansk. because of the geography, it caused a few problems for the osce they had to go around the fighting. we are seeing pictures of armored personnel carriers in the street, tires burning and an intense fight is going on komotorsk as the military tries to weed out the pro-russian militia that has taken hold there. >> paul brennan, many thanks for joining us. in afghanistan t at a timet rescue user have abandoned the
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search when an entire village was buried under mud and stone. the disaster happened in the remote province of the mou mountainous border region and the edge of the him lhim laalay too. >> gerald tan reports >> reporter: they spent the night in the open, and during near-freezing temperatures, look over what used to be their homes and praying for any sign of life. >> translator: seven members of my family were here when the landslide happened. 4 or 5 of them were killed. i am half alive. what can i do? >> we have not received any assistance. all of the villages are digging with shovels. it is a big challenge for the people. people who survived the landslide have already left this
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area. as you can see, there is no excavator digging the landslide. we need more machinery. working with shovels is not enough >> reporter: days of rain caused the side of this mountain to collapse, a wall of mud and rocks swept into the village below, destroying all in its way, hundreds of homes buricked, many with people inside. >> until now, we have only managed to find one woman's body. we took that away. with regard to the aid operation, we have used all of our resources in the province and sent them to the area. >> volume you know tears from nearby villages have come to this remote area of northeast afghanistan with crude tools and shovels to help reviewers but the focus has quickly shifted from trying to find survivors to keeping those who did alive. >> what we are doing now is helping facilitate the needs of around 700 families, more than 4,000 people have been displaced either directly or indirect by
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what has happened. needs range from food and water, of course, fomedical help as well as shelter needs. >> it's been hard for teams to reach the site. the narrow roads have been damaged by rain and can't take the heavy machinery typically used in such recovery efforts. and the hillside remains unstable, adding to fears that another part may cave in. gerald tan, al jazeera. >> for more on the situation, i am joined by the aid agency international organization for migration. he has come back from the scene. you've just come back from the scene, the landslide. tell us what you saw there. >> hello. >> hello. can you hear me? >> yes. yes. >> you've just returned from the scene of the mud slide, landslide. tell us what you saw.
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>> okay. so, i am working with run, an organization all over afghanistan. myself and volunteers went there and saw the situation. it was very bad situation. so, we tried to help and we saw a dead body on there. we tried to pick up this dead body, and successfully, we pull out this one from the mud and
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debris. so, she was -- i think she was pregnant. and and a member of the family told me. she was pregnant, also. yes, after that, we discovered in the community and we find out that 300 families completely, their houses, and more than 200 were killed by this incident. so, to there, we --
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>> all right. >> and we -- >> okay. >> we turned our -- >> hefa, we must leave it there. thank you for that update. hefa from the organization of my graduation has just come back from the scene of the mud slide. 2,000 people are missing action presumed dead. the figure may well be higher. the trial of three access journalists detained in egypt has been adjourned once again. this time until may the 15th, the their 7th court appearance coincides with international press freedom day. they are accused of falsifying news and conspireing with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. it's been declared a terrorist organization by the egyptian government. al jazeera rejects all charges. al jazeera stephanie decker has been following this story for
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the last few days and joins me now with more details. stephanie, tell us what happened in court today. >> well, mohammed fatme was allowed out of the cage where they are being held with five other students to address the judge to try to explain to him what it is he does, journalists do. i he said i fight for interviews with the members of the muslim brotherhood and the noor party, and with interviews of officials of the military. this is what we do. so we don't take sides. he also said he had very good contacts with the military, with state security and that he would show that to the judge. so, he was trying to explain to the judge to kind of make him understand what it is that they do on a day-to-day basis. and, of course, now, the prosecution has rested its case. so the next date, may 15th, will be the defense. >> and have we any idea in what kind of conditions they are being held? are they all together or kept separately? >> that's right. well, peter gresta, mohammed
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fatma are allowed together in the same cell. we know it's difficult for them. we know that they say boredom and tedium is an issue. the journalist part of al jazeera arabic has been detained last year without charge, been on hunger strike for about 100 days now. he and in court today. it was a hearing along with many others where the judge was going to decide whether they were going to extend their stay or release them. however, a lot of the defendants apparently started chanting in court. so the judge threw that out. >> that's now extended for 45 days. he said they are being held, 15 people in a cell that is three meters by four which i think is probably not much larger than the podium on what we are sitting. water is cut off for 12 hours a day. he said basically it's not fit for animals so certainly a very difficult situation for them. >> a 12 meter cell. how many people inside that cell. >> 15 people. >> in a 12 meter cell kfrmths it's very difficult conditions. >> politically, this is a presidential election year.
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does that have an impact possibly on the trials? >> well it's hard to tell how this is going to go. i spoke to the committee to protect journalists. they said it doesn't give the right message. he script is not giving the right message when they say they are a democratic nation but this is how they are treating journal kitsz. al jazeera rejects all of the charges against its staff. they say this trial is a farce. so the right thing to do is to go ahead and give legitimacy to this future government in the eyes of the international community would be to release them. >> stefanie dekker, many thanks for joining us. still to come here on the newshour on al jazeera, aroufte3 years a former ugandan child soldier goes home. in south africa's opposition party holds e elections. the latest on the playoffs including a dramatic winner,
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trailblazers. u.s. secretary of jostate jn kerr remember has helped to rescue girls taken from their school by boko haram. two weeks ago now. he made the announcement during a visit to ethiopia. >> let me be clear. a kidnapping of hundreds of children by boka har a.m. is unconscionable crime and we will do everything possible to support the nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and to hold the perpetrators to justice. >> thousands of kids were forced to fight for the resistance army. a report from kitkam on one former child soldier who is
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finally, going home after 13 years in captivity >> reporter: when he was 10 years old, dennis achan was abducted from his village in northern uganda by rebels from the lord's resistance army in 2001. he was forced to become a child shoulder and to commit atrocities. it was 13 years. >> translator: many children were beaten to death. you had to follow the orders or they would kill you. the children who tried to escape were killed. you have to follow orders until at that chance comes to escape. >> in recent weeks, this rehabilitation center run by the charity world vision has been his home. at the peak of the war, hundreds of child soldiers came through here every month. the mural did they painted are still here. an estimated 10,000 are still missing. most of them will never come home. a trickle of former child soldiers do still escape, now grown adults. it's christina's job to culture
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them. >> they keep on recalling. den us has completed his counseling and it's time to go home. he was a boy when he last saw his family and neighbors. since then, he was forced to march hundreds of kilometers across four different countries. he escaped where the remaining lra units still abduct people. he said he has seen and many things he didn't want to talk about. many child soldiers were forced to kill relatives or neighbors. they are often scared to go home. they don't know how people will react. but two kilometers from dennis's village, people come running. he is made to tread on an egg. it's a ritual of reconciliation. there are no grudges here he is safe. >> all of the people from the surrounding villages have come to join in the celebration. people are singing and waving
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branches. almost everyone here assumed that dennis had died years ago. his parents had actually carried out the funeral ritual in the absence of a body. now that he is home and he is alive, after 13 years in the bush, people here are delighted. >> and then he arrives. thousands of the abducted children were killed. nobody ever thought he would make it. mountain webbays near kitkam. seven people have been killed in an attack that happened in mogadishu, a former government official, according to police was killed. somalia's al-qaeda-linked a al shabaab rebels said they targeted the official deliberately. south africa opposition parties are holding rallies before next week's election. the ruling amc has been fighting corruption scandals but are still favorites. from johanezberg.
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>> the economy freedom fighters says south africa's fighter jacob zuma is incapable of running the country. land is what tababuta wants. >> they sabotaged us as the people of south africa. we believe we deserve to have our own places, named as people. >> julius is the leader of the economic freedom fighters. he is tapping into the discontent some people have with the ruling african national congress. he wants to seize land from whites without compensation and nationalize the mines and banks. alex willis feels more can be done to help south africans. she said the democratic alliance has her vote. >> do you feel that they respect -- i feel they represent the people as a whole rather
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than making an exclusive thing to one. >> the dak win. >> but the democratic alliance is seen by some as a party that serves the interests of whites. it does have a growing number of poor and middle class black members. some in leadership positions. but perhaps the anc's biggest threat could come from within. it has a shaky alliance with the unions and the communist party. >> the wometal workers union wi about 340,000 workers have expressed their dissatisfaction very clearly, said that they will not support the ruling party this elections and, in fact, are thinking of a united front of the left. >> opposition parties are prompting to cut corruption and create jobs but the ruling party still has a lot of support. for many black south africans, it's the party that ended apartheid. some analysts say its
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allegations of corruption, poverty, unemployment and inequality aren't addressed quickly, voters could in future elections choose parties they feel will deliver more. al jazeera, joe hans he joe answered he isburg . >> from the campaign rally, a noisy one in johannesburg. >> the democratic alliance has been holding their cam pan here because it wants to take this province away from the anc party leader, helen zilla says she thinks her party can achieve about 25% share of the vote. >> that's a big increase from the 161/2 % it current enjoys. now, even if it was able to achieve that, it still wouldn't come anywhere near seriously challenging the dominance of the governing african national con congress. >> comes down to a number of factors. first of all, the da is perceived by many people as being a party that's in the interest of whites even though if you look around at the crowd
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who are here at this rally, that isn't reflected in the faces that we see. but nonetheless, that perception holds them back. no opposition party has ever really seriously challenged amc because no other party appeals to the black majority. the anc is the party of liberation, the party of nelson mandela and that's not to take away from the fact that there have been vast improvements and millions of -- in millions of peoples lifes, water, electricity and social grants for people who haven't been able to get jobs. so until an opposition party, whether it's the da or another, is able to appeal to that black majority, then they will all live in the shadow of the amc. >> that was tanya page. now, it's take to look at the weather where you are in the world starting in serendipity, otherwise known as sri lanka. >> it has been fraught over the last few months, a marked lack of rainfall which had a huge impact on the country's
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agriculture industry. we are beginning to see an end to that. steven militants coming down in the space of 24 hours. you look back from december through to april, they had just 48 millimeters of rain. really, were what they should have been looking at was probably two, three, four times that. the good news is that we have got more rain coming across sky lanka and some parts may see rain andhome the monsoon rains will push further towards north. but in parts of the korean peninsula, it's different. they are lacking rain. this isn't a particularly wet time of the month, through june, july/august, to see large amounts of rainfall developing but here, between mid april and mid february and the end of april, we have had rainfall which has been barely one third of what you normally see. it's been the lowest spring rainfall since 1982, and the signs are that it's not going to improve anytime soon. so the agricultural industry here is going to struggle.
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>> may well have impact as far as famine is concern as soon as we run that forecast through ping yang looking decidedly dry in the next few days. >> richard, thank you. more than 18 people risk their lives trying to reach australia last year. many of them escape violence in pakistan. al jazeera spoke to three members of one family separated by thousands of kilometers. their story begins in kreta. >> musuma hussein visits her brother's grave. he was killed in an attack last year. she has sent three of her five children of australia. she says despite the risks of people smugglers, her family is safer living abroad. >> translator: i got separated from my children because of terrorism. the routes they took are extremely dangerous. yes, they are far away, but at least they are alive. >> mosuma and her family are shiia muslims t community
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leaders say throws to a thousand people have been killed in recent years in targeted sectarian attacks. >> translator: these conditions have separated us like pearls of a broken necklace. we are scattered just like that. . >> her daughter, kasluma is western java, indian easy i can't. her mother paid $8,000 for her and one of her brothers to try to get to australia two years ago. they never made it. kashluma left pakistan after her home was attacked and she received death threats for doing her job as a humanitarian worker. >> translator: a bomb attack destroyed my home, killed one cousin and seriously wounded another. >> reporter: she teaches english to other asylum teachers while she waits for australia to accept her ref umiugee status.
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>> translator: i don't want to risk my life because it is totally koektd to my family in pakistan. they need me for their survival. >> kashluma has to stay here for three years before australia could accept her as a refugee. she worries about her youngest brother who made it to australia by boat. >> my brother in australia is still so young, and he has experienced so much hardship. if i ever reach australia, i will work and pay for his education. hopefully, one day, we will all be together again. >> reporter: traveling from pakistan to australia qua took arsalan months. across asia and eventually on a boat to australia's christmas island, he arrived in 2012, a time when australia still allowed refugees who came by boat to stay. . >> he rents a room at a house in this suburb of melbourne.
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he says the risks of getting here were worth taking. >> we put the lives in the palm of our hand. >> arsalan is on a protection visa, meaning in times, he can become an australian citizen. he cannot afford to study. he is working for money to send to his mother in pakistan. >> i can tell you the way she talked on the phone, of course i am going to because.... >> he risked his life to get to australia, and for now, at least, is safe. the situation not shared by husband family scattered thousands of kilometers apart. charles stratford, al jazeera. much more to come on this al jazeera newshour from doha, including trapped syrian rebels
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agree to withdraw from homes after a two-year siege. >> in new delhi, these electric rick shauz are the newest form of transport but are they as environmentally friendly. >> jose morino in a war of words with a star player.
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a reminder for the top stories on al jazeera. seven european military observers have been freed in ukraine after being held by
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pro-russian separatists more than a week. the second day of military action has started as the government tries to take back separatist strongholds in the east. in afghanistan action rescuers have abandoned the search for survivors of a massive landslide. more than 2,000 people have been killed when an entire village was buried under mud and stone. the trial of three a al jazeera journalists in egypt has been detained until may 15th. their court appearance coincided with international press freedom day. members of the media find themselves a target because of the work they carry out. 16 people have been killed in the first four months of this year. last year, the total number reached 77. almost half of those killed this year died in syria while journalists in iraq, somalia, india pakistan and the philippines face near daily prosecution. they rescue their freedom. today, 166 media workers are in
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jails around the world. nearly 100 of them are in china, aritria, syria, turkey and usbekistan. in egypt where al jazeera 4 staff are being detained has fallen. reporters saying ash terri arrests of journalists are common. alshetty joins me from london. thanks for joining us here on al jazeera. fourays journalists in prison in egypt. but there are others detained as well. can you give us your ideas of what has happened regarding press freedom in the last couple of years in egypt? >> well, i think as you mentioned, the issue of press freedom is a concern, today being press freedom day, i think it's important to reference we have released a report in pagstan where 38 journalists
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have been killed in recent years. coming to egypt and i think, you know, the problem in egypt goes far beyond freedom. if general repress against all fundamental freedoms including freedom of express, but, also, peaceful protests and any form of expression of dissent. in the case of the al jazeera journalists, amnesty international has declared them of prisoners of conscience because they were going about their jobs. we have called for their immediate and unconditional release. we have an international observer at the trials. there has been no credible evidence. one of the journalists has actually even been denied medical treatment. so, it is a poor reflex of the cred epcials on the regime in power right now. >> your organization is one of the most international organizations in the world. are you seeing media freedoms
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being curtailed increasingly around the world where you are based? >> the. >> it's obviously a mixed picture. if you take a long view, i would say that across the world, the situation is generally improved, but certainly in the last few years, and in particular, countries, we have done reports separately on latin america where there has been a real, you know, shrinking of freedoms for the journalists. i mean the fact is if you take a country like egypt, the reason why journalists are attacked is because when they expose the human rights violations that are being committed by these governments, they are obviously disliked. the case of egypt, as i mentioned, it's not just attacks on the press but we have had attacks against anybody who is seen as muslim brotherhood, anybody who is seen as opposition. in fact, they have now started attacking -- started detaining liberals, bloggers, tens of thousands of people estimated to be in jail. reports of torture and a very dangerous set of anti-terrorism
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legislation on the cards now. it's not just one thing. it's really symbolic, symptomatic of a deep set of human rights violations and antidemocratic approaches. >> i mean the mess edmessenger never liked on more than one occasion. how would you describe amnesty's role in ensuring press freedom? >> well, this is amnesty international kornman data. we have more than three million members. we are independent and don't have any religious or political afill assess. what we do in situations like this is first and form most to have people on the ground to document violations and bring it to the attention of the public. and put pressure on the governments to change the way they behave. you know, we think that governments don't respond to pressure but often they do. sometimes you don't see victories immediately but it is the job of organizations of people's movements like amnesty to keep the pressure on.
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>> salil shety, many thanks to you from amnesty international. we are coming out of the interview. some of the pictures are breaking up. we are most grateful to you for talking to us. >> syria's government is said to gain control of holmes after a cease fire reportedly reached on friday to let rebels leave their last remaining stronghold in the city. hommes is syria's third largest city and has been called the capitol of the revolution. it was one of the first cities to rise up in 2011. much of the city fell to opposition forces. over the past two years, the government has laid siege to areas once home to tens of thousands of people. at the beginning of this year, old the only still was held by armed groups. if it falls, that, too will fall under government control. rebels are asking a u.n. delegation to supervise the withdrawal. they want their wounded to be assisted by the red crescent.
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al jazeera hoda sent us this. >> they are the last rebel stronghold. 1 fighters are inside. but for months, they have been under siege. now, they may be given safe passage out as part of a deal with the government. the rebels who were reportedly in retreat to the northern countryside of the city. but those areas are also under siege. the deal would allow the state to regain control of a city known as the capitol of the revolution. >> now, it is impossible to take back the city. we were so hungry. we couldn't even walk 100 meters. i used to weigh 73 kilos. now, i weigh 53 kilos. >> this 24-year-old arrived in istanbul a few days ago. he said the bombardment and the government siege on rebelheld areas forced neighborhoods to are you surrender one after another. >> reporter: in early 2012, the
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regime began a campaign to retake lost territory in the city, the neighborhood came under one of the government's most intense assault during this war. activists like absula appealed for help when international observers visited the area at the time. the world didn't act. for hilid, it was a symbol of davy for instance. when the rebels lost it, he left. >> translator: at first, i thought we would return. then the situation got worse. we didn't lose hommes today. we lost hommes over a year ago when the regime sieged the city >> reporter: it is not just a symbolic city. the corridor linkingly damascus to the government strongholds along the coast passes throughs hommes. >> the regime and the opposition know they cannot control the whole country. so the regime is concentrating on retaking strategic territory. it's part of their plan to partition the country. >> once the rebels withdraw from neighborhoods in the historic center, hommes city will no
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longer be divided by front lines. the rebels will lose what they call the heart of the revolution. the war is not over. al jazeera. istanbul. a rally is being held in belfast in northern ireland in support of shen certain fein jerry adams being questioned in the murder in one of the most know tore russ her body was marked in an unmarked grave. adams denies any involvement in her murder. >> uruguay set out how marijuana will be produced. people will be able to buy up to 10 grams of marijuana a week. the price will be set at less than a dollar a gram. the president said the rules will work better than in the united states where a number of states have made the drug legal. >> what we have been doing in terms of combatting drugs
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doesn't work. you cannot try to change by doing the same thing over again. >> dozens of people remain trapped in a gold mine in colombia after an underground explosion on wednesday. search dogs are coming through the -- combing through the rubble. the government says it doesn't know how many workers since the mine was operating illegally. the leader of thailand's main opposition party has called for election scheduled for july to be delayed by six months. abbi says it is allow as the pr minister faces a court verdict next week which could see her barred from politics for five years. dominic cain reports >> reporter: for nearly six months, thailand has been stuck in a deadlock with divisions between the government and it's opponents reflected social
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tensions and violence on the streets. now, the main opposition leader has stepped in, offering a detailed reform plan. it would see a reform council created, an i mpartial interim government installed and new elections held after a national referendum. >> i would like to ask which part of my proposal is going to damage the country. i would like to ask a politician: do you want the country to move forward? a reference to the prime minister who is party has rejected the plan as divisive. she led a caretaker government with limited fiscal power since developing parliament in december. she is facing a series of legal actions with the constitutional court due to issue a verdict on one charge this month which could force her to step down if found guilty. thailand is divided politically between the middle classes who live in and around bangkok and tend to support the opposition and the poorer rural population
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which largely supports the government. prime minister ying luk's opponents have called for a mass demonstration against her party to be held on monday . at their peak last year, they were attracting as many as 200,000 people. but these have dwindled over time. ying luk's red shirt supporters saw they will stage a mass rally next saturday the high court
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ruled the government needs to regulate erickshaws. >> they have not been prosecuted by the traffic police because they don't follow the classic. it's a legal tangle. they should undergo -- >> shifla says there is more. a government commission recently reported that many of the erickshaws are too fast. he is waiting for the government to instruct the police to what to do next. >> part of the popularity is that anyone can drive one of these legally without a license seemingly a happy medium between slower cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws, these aren't as
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environmentally friendly as they appear. kumar who buys and sells them says the batteries have to be replaced and with no recycling available, dangerous chemicals end up in the landfills. business is down because of the threat of regulation. he is worried that erickshaws will come under the motor vehicle law and business could dye out. >> translator: if they don't, the business will come. if they come under the law and there are extra expenses on top of the bat occury and repairs, then there is no life ahead for it. >> reporter: there are about 100,000 erickshaws on the road. drivers wait for the government's decision on regulation to come down. only then will they know what the road ahead will look like. bez jamil, al jazeera, new delhi. >> a look at sport now. here is robin? >> former world 100 meter tyson
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gay accepted a 1-year ban back to the date he tested positive. the results stretches back to july 2012. he has returned the silver medal he won at the london olympics. chelsea manager jose morino launched an attack on the midfielder after the elimination by athlet co madrid. he criticized morino's tactic claiming chelsea weren't set up to play football. but he said the 23-year-old belgium named the young player of the year wasn't willing to put everything on the line to help his teammates. >> he is the kind of player that
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is not so mentally ready to look back to his left back and to live his life for him. when the comments came from a player like evan is normal because he is not the kind of player really to sacrifice himself 100% for the team and for the mates >> chelsea host, man city could win a 5th place everton and pel gre three games left for them in the season. win all 3 and city will be champions for a second time in three seasons. west ham and london rival spurs got saturday's action started on goal. downing, free kick, giving the hammers a 2-nil win. manchester united continue their place for a europa league place.
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they have sundayer land out of the relegation zone only on goal difference. cardiff, newcastle. fulham on the road at stoke city. over in spain, the pressure is on champions barcelona, the second place catalans need to win if they want to stay in the title race for at least another week. >> match starts in the next few minutes. athlet athletico have qualified for the first time in 16 years with a win. there was a party atmosphere as we visited. expect to see their teams confirmed the champions league qualification. the game was delayed as officials tried to clear con t fetti off the pink. they did not sdpoivent taking the lead after 20 minutesdisapp the lead after 20 minutes, the add vantage 10 minutes later. herrera, they reached the
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champions league for the first time since 199 yeah. >> a 2-way top at the u.s. pga as wells fargo championship leader board at the halfway stage. cabrera of arrangein tina returned his good form with four burd birdies in five goals. saw him finish a 3 under par round of 69. he was joined by american martin flores after his 68, which included one of the shot of the round at the 11th, closer to his first pga title. >> floyd mayweather, junior weighed in against argen tina's marcus in los angeles. he came in slighter than his opponent, 66.2 'til kilograms. he will earn at least $32 million for his latest
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fight. >> my job is to go out there and do what i do best. you know, i think i perform better under pressure. so, i look forward to going out ther , beating floyd mayweather, keeping my composure and doing what i do best. >> one of africa's most highly rated boxers is hoping to challenge floyd mayweather. charles manjuci won the welterweight title. he has enlisted the help for bright lights of las vegas. here is this report. >> for boxing champion charles manuchi, circumstance rather than choice decides his training program. he is from the country nasvingo province more than 200 kilometers away from the capitol. here, there are a few boxing facilities. the great outdoors is his gym.
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>> we have a situation. there are challenges. but to overcome the challenges, you have to be very strong. you have to forget about the challenges. then you work hard for your country. you work hard for yourself, for your family because we love zum bab w zimbabwe. >> training in where there are better facilities. >> saw him becoming the welterweight international champion, a title for boxers ranked outside of the world's top 10 is often a stepping stone to a big money title but manuchi and his supporters fear a lack of help may stand in his way. >> he has some very fruitful ideologies. we need support from the corporate world. he has some youngsters he is training. and he, himself, needs support as well. look. in our country.
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? >> i am not the only boxer that can do better than this. they need the support of the country. they are not fighting for themselves. they are fighting for national even for africa. >> it's a long way from las vegas and the prospect of another welterweight champion. floyd mayweather, he is said to earn more than $30 million for his upcoming world title fight. >> mayweather something a human being like us, and any time, it shall come to fight mayweather, i don't mind. >> manuchi is sent to meet robert mugabi to ask for more government support. wouldn't that sort of backing does he believe he can one day fight for a world title. he lease hallman, al jazeera. >> trailblazers, after a
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dramatic game 6- they the rockets score and seconds left on the clock to put them ahead 98 to 96. the crowd went wild with a 3 pointer with the last shot of the gun to steal a .99 to 98. tleechd the semifinals for the first time in the west, dallas mafshingdz have sent their series against the number one seed spurs to a decided
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. >> half a game behind the braves. >> that's sport. >> thank you. before we go, we have a special report for world press freedom day. canadian john grayson spent 50 days in a cairo jail without charge last year. the canadian film maker described his experience to us here at al jazeera. >> my name is john grayson, and
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i am a film maker, and i spent 50 days in tora prison last august, september, october. myself and tara clabani were on our way to gaza. we got held up in a peaceful protest held what we thought would be 24 hours. it turned into 50 days. we were locked up with 36 other guys, held in a cell that was 10 meters by three meters. they were a cross section of egyptian society. there was construction worker. there was a currier. there was a college professor. really, ordinary students and doctors and citizens who had simply wanted to stand up and be counted. this watch glows in the dark, and so we actually would sometimes use it as a flashlight to, you know, make our way through the dark cell to the toilet. but for the duration of our time in the prison, i gave it to bader, who was our cell can'tip. he need the watch. >> day, that visit four weeks in, we heard that there had been a press conference.
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these celebrities had signed our petition ben affleck, charlise but when we said robert deniro, they got excited. when i was in prison, i was doing portraits of the guys. one for them and one for me. so, i came out with a complete set of all 36 guys. when i got out, i took my gps watch and started mapping their faces onto the city map of toronto and started creating portraits of them. i am working on one of mohammed fami. it's more complicated. i am going to run the chin and the ear. for those 50 days, i couldn't run. right now, mohammed fami can't run. so, i am running for the guys who can't. >> coming up in the next half hour, we will be talking to somebody who was at the trial in cairo today of the al jazeera journalists. stay with us here on al jazeera.
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>> our current system has gone very far awry... >> there's huge pressure on the police to arrest and find somebody guilty >> i think the system is going to fail a lot of other people. >> you convicted the wrong person >> i find that extraordinarily
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disappointing... >> to keep me from going to jail, i needed to cooperate. >> somebody can push you in a death chamber >> it's not a joke >> the system with joe beringer only on al jazeera america >> an explosion of violence and destruction rocks ukraine as german chancellor angela merkel visits the white house. also, chemical weapons have been used again in syria. does bashar al-assad have a secret stockpile of weapons ready to be unleashed. philadelphia police robbing stores and actually are assaulting women, why are the officers still on the job? and are mental diseases superpowers? i'm antonio mora and welcome to "consider this." here's more on what's ahea